Year 7

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The Curriculum Overview below gives details of the subjects studied in year 7 and how many hours per fortnight they are taught. If you want more details about a particular subject, click on the subject name.

Yr 7 Curriculum Overview

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Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Mixed Media Natural Forms Project
Spring Term: History of Art Project
Summer Term: 1960s Fabric Bunting/Textiles Project

What skills are developed in the subject?

In Year 7 students begin to develop an understanding of the Formal Elements.  They are encouraged to think independently in order to take creative risks with their work. Students learn how to gather visual and critical research by analysing the work of others and are shown how to manipulate this research in order to inform their own design ideas.  From their design ideas they go on to make a final realisation that encompasses all that they have learnt.

Students develop skills in a variety of areas including; painting, drawing, collage, mono-printing, collograph printing, ceramics (creating ceramic pinch-pots), applique, hand embroidery and embellishment.

How is the subject assessed?

Art is assessed using the National Curriculum Levels. When assessing work we look at students abilities in the following areas:

  • Researching and analysing the work of others.
  • Designing and developing ideas based on initial research.
  • Producing a final realisation that successfully relates to the theme of the project.
Homework

1 hour per fortnight.

Homework is designed to link in to the activities started in the lesson and to further develop students' skills in the area that they have been studying.  Activities set may include the following; Artist Research Page, Design Work and practising the skills taught in class.  All homework should be completed in the sketchbook.

In order to successfully complete Art homework students will need access to the following equipment at home: water-colour paints and brush, 2B & 4B pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler, pritt stick, scissors, sewing needle and a fine line pen.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: 

  1. 5 Basic Body Actions: Students learn about the 5 basic body actions (jump, gesture, travel, turn and pause). This leads into basic compositional devices and motif development e.g. levels, pathways, direction. Students work with a partner (duets). Basic appreciation tasks e.g. evaluating each others' work.
  2. Military Dance: Students learn a set phrase focusing on timing and dynamics. Choreographic tasks working in larger groups. 


Spring Term: 

  1. Cats: Students will further develop their composition skills by exploring movements from the musical. They will appreciate the dance style and choreographic devices used. Students will learn a set dance and create a group phrase using ideas from the musical. Students will be assessed on their performance, composition and appreciation skills
  2. Slavery: Students will explore the use of text as a stimulus in order to create group compositions focusing on actions and dynamics. Students assessed on their performance and composition skills.


Summer Term: 

  1. Grease: Students will develop their composition and performance skills through learning and appreciating the dance style 'Hand Jive'. Students will learn a set partner phrase. This will be developed by the pupils through exploring Question and Answer, space and dynamics. Students assessed on their performance skills.
What skills are developed in the subject?
  • Performance skills
  • Choreographic skills
  • Appreciation/evaluative skills
  • Ability to work alone and with others
How is the subject assessed?

At the end of each scheme students are assessed on their performance and choreography skills.

Homework

Once every half term.

Types of homework activity: worksheets, research tasks, peer and self-evaluation tasks and rehearsals to improve performance skills.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered
  • Food Technology
  • Novelty Product Project
  • Systems
What skills are developed in the subject?

Food Technology - This module includes a variety of practical tasks to introduce and develop individual practical skills, with a focus on working hygienically and safely.

Novelty Product Project - This project introduces students to a range of the materials and processes used when making a product within the context of the Resistant Materials subject area. Students research, design and make a novelty product based on the theme of fish and aquariums and using sheet materials.

Systems - In the Systems Project students will learn how to construct a circuit using a range of components.  They will be able to make decisions about their design and will be able to adapt it to be appropriate for the end user. They will learn how to solder as well as forming and finishing plastics.  There will be an emphasis on working accurately and with precision.

How is the subject assessed?

Practical work is assessed alongside written and design work. A range of assessments are used including teacher, peer and self assessment.

Homework

Hours per fortnight  - 1 - 1.5

Types of homework activity:
Research tasks, preparation for practical work (Food Technology), evaluation of practical work, written tasks related to health and safety.

 

Faculty: English & Drama

Faculty Leader: Ms Chloe Gatt

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  1. Drama Skills - This topic is an introduction to Drama and is about building team work skills and developing confidence. This topic teaches pupils basic drama techniques such as still image, thought tracking and role-play and develops physical and vocal skills.
  2. Pantomime - This topic introduces pupils to Pantomime and Pantomime conventions, exploring scripts and devising their own scenes.

Spring Term:

  1. Amadora
  2. Macbeth - This topic explores the main themes and ideas within Shakespeare's play and introduces text work. Plot, characterisation and character relationships are also explored.

Summer Term:

  1. Bullying - This topic explore the issue of bullying using a play text as a stimulus for their ideas. New drama techniques are taught and previous techniques are enhanced and developed in this topic.
  2. Greek Theatre - This topic explores the main conventions of ancient Greek theatre using myths and legends as a stimulus. New drama techniques are taught and previous techniques are enhanced and developed in this topic.
What skills are developed in the subject?

Drama develops a wealth of skills; the ability to work as a team, to listen and contribute ideas, to co-operate, compromise and problem solve, as well as creativity, confidence, public speaking and evaluative skills.

How is the subject assessed?

Pupils are assessed on their ability to respond, create, perform and evaluate drama. Pupils are assessed on verbal contributions, creativity and ideas, group work skills, performing in front of an audience and the ability to adopt and sustain a role using characterisation skills. Pupils are also assessed on their verbal evaluations, reflecting on what was effective and what could be enhanced using drama vocabulary.

Faculty: English & Drama

Faculty Leader: Ms Chloe Gatt

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 7

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Reading for Meaning (including a Library induction), The Poetry of William Blake and 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson-Burnett

Spring Term: 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson-Burnett and Creative Writing

Summer Term: Beauty in the Media (Non-fiction texts) and William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'

What skills are developed in the subject?

Speaking and Listening:

  • Presentation skills both individually and as part of a group
  • Drama
  • Participating in class discussions
  • Listening for nuances of meaning
  • Listening to others
  • Commenting and feeding back on others' ideas
  • Sustained individual talk
  • Speaking for different audiences

Reading:

  • Analysing writers' style
  • Reading for meaning
  • Commenting on writers' purpose
  • Deduction and inference
  • Presentational features
  • Considering the effect of context
  • Intended audiences
  • Independent learning

Writing:

  • Planning
  • Drafting and re drafting work
  • Essay writing skills
  • Writing for different audiences
  • Creative writing

Literacy:

  • Spelling
  • Wider range of punctuation
  • Extended vocabulary
  • Paragraphing
  • Connectives
  • Variety of sentence structures
  • Structuring
  • Citing quotations
  • Syntactical accuracy
How is the subject assessed?

Each student will complete two pieces of deep marked work per half term - the latter of these two pieces will be a levelled summative assessment (either assessing reading or writing skills, depending on the focus of the unit). Speaking and listening skills will be assessed formatively and these skills are embedded within each scheme of learning. Homework is an integral part of the assessment process and is closely monitored.

Homework

2 hours per fortnight, split into 4 half hour slots

Types of homework activity:

  • Re-drafting creative work
  • Independent reading and study
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation learning/ practise
  • Analytical tasks based on in-class reading.

In Year 7 students study either French or Spanish according to their tutor group.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: School equipment, Numbers, Age, Birthdays, Appearance, Personality and Alphabet
Spring Term: School subjects, Opinions, Time, School day, School food and Hobbies
Summer Term: Where you live, Directions, Places to go and Holiday destinations

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will be introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in french.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to CDs, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed? There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight : 1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching French speaking countries and French speakers.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 3

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  • Map skills
  • Grid references
  • Map symbols
  • Distance and journeys on South London Ordnance Survey map

Spring Term:

  • Me and My Place
  • Migration
  • Food miles
  • Crime
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation
  • Settlement and The local Area: An investigation into local land uses near TGS and local developments e.g. Tolworth Greenway. Includes local field work in the neighbourhood.

Summer Term: 

Windsor field work techniques:

  • Land use mapping
  • Environment quality surveys
  • Sketching
  • Questionnaires

Tectonics:

  • Earth Structure
  • Plate tectonics
  • Volcanic tourism
  • Effects of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes
What skills are developed in the subject?

Skills include: fieldwork techniques; map work; GIS mapping; public speaking; role play; group work; ICT; graphs; sketching; reflection; appreciation of different cultures.

How is the subject assessed?

Students are assessed in a variety of formats including; end of topic tests; presentations; role plays; vocabulary tests; project work; peer and self assessment.

Homework

1 Hour per fortnight

Types of homework activity:

  • Reading and research
  • Monitoring news
  • Continuation of project work
  • Vocab tests
  • Assessments
  • Practice mapskills

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

Students will study of key historical skills and the Romans looking at who they were and examining the death of Julius Caesar in depth. Students will also look at Medieval England, exploring what happened at the Battle of Hastings and why William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings.

Spring Term:

Students will continue to look at Medieval England exploring how was England was ruled. The will explore the feudal system and how William the Conqueror used the Domesday Book to keep control. They will also learn how castles were used and changed and developed over time.  Finally, students will look at whether King John was a failure and look at the Magna Carta.

Summer Term: 

Students will learn about religion in Tudor England. They will explore whether Henry VIII was a great king and examine how religion changed during the Reformation and Counter- Reformation. Finally Edward VI and Mary I will be case studies of these religious changes.

What skills are developed in the subject?

A range of skills will developed across year 7. This will include the introduction and implementation of key historical vocabulary and understand key historical concepts such as chronology. Students will also develop their essay writing and source analysis skills, along with their reading, writing and communication skills.

How is the subject assessed?

Students have a formal assessment each half term which will have a focus on a particular skill. These range from essays to source based questions.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): One piece of homework per fortnight which should take between 30-50 minutes to complete.

Types of homework activity: There will be a range of homework activity. These include key vocabulary tests, independent research, model building, writing tasks and creating short videos.

Faculty: Maths, ICT & Business

Faculty Leader: Mr Malik Abu

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  • Computers and the internet safety - This will look at social media, the dangers of the web, how it will affect the pupils individually and how to stay safe.
  • Python - This will look at programming using a textual language. The pupils will look at basic programming for concepts such as variables, inputs and loops and how they can be applied to solve problems as well as programming in the world.

Spring Term: 

  • Spreadsheets - This will look at how spreadsheets can be used to solve different business scenarios as well as basic spreadsheet skills, functions and formulas.
  • Database - This will look at how databases can be used to solve different criminal scenarios and a murder mystery as well as basic database structures, queries and reports.

Summer Term: 

  • Computer hardware - This will look at the hardware components of a PC as well as how to design their own PC, Binary and Hexadecimal.
  • Scratch - This will look at programming using a graphical language. The pupils will look at basic programming for concepts such as variables, inputs and loops and how they can be applied to solve a problem as well as programming in the world.
What skills are developed in the subject?
  • How to use computers and the internet safely effectively and responsibly
  • Programming concepts in a textual and graphical language
  • Problem solving skills
  • Logical thinking
  • Investigation skills
  • Creative thinking and planning
How is the subject assessed?

Pupils will be assessed once every half term with an end of unit test on the topic they have just completed. These will consist of either a marked test or a controlled task.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 2 hours per fortnight

Types of homework activity: Research, Multiple choice questions, Investigations

Faculty: Maths, ICT & Business

Faculty Leader: Mr Malik Abu

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 7

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Number work on the four operations including, fractions and percentages, and geometry.

Spring Term: Algebra looking at formulae, measure work looking at units and conversions, as well as 3 dimensional shapes and their properties, number work on factors, multiples and prime numbers.

Summer Term: Looking at properties of two dimensional regular shapes, sequences how they are formed and the rules they have, Probability introducing and experimenting with probability, algebra looking particularly at expressions and equations.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Numeracy skills, applying mathematical skills ability to solve problems set in real life scenarios.

How is the subject assessed?

There are 4 assessments over the year 3 after every 4 topics covered and 1 at the End of the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): One homework is set each week which should take a student approximately half an hour. So a total of two homework's per fortnight total of approximately 1 hour.

Types of homework activity: Worksheets, consolidating work in lessons, or preparing students for the next topic. Mini projects about a specific topic in maths and its origin. Website homework with a lesson attached to help students practise learnt topics set in a different way, such as real life scenarios.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Musical processes and structures

  • National Curriculum Unit 1: Exploring musical processes, links with primary school music making
    National Curriculum Unit 2: Exploring form and structure

Spring Term: Musical sounds and patterns

  • National Curriculum Unit 3: Exploring soundscapes, electronic and acoustic sounds, and the use of music technology
  • National Curriculum Unit 4: Exploring musical cycles
  • National Curriculum Unit 5: Exploring musical clichés and songwriting

Summer Term: Musical cliches and conventions

  • National Curriculum Unit 5: Exploring musical clichés and songwriting
  • National Curriculum Unit 6: Exploring musical arrangements
  • Cross-Curricular Project: ‘Euro Café’ in Music, Technology and Languages lessons
What skills are developed in the subject?

Each topic is taught using integrated performing, composing and listening activities. Students will have the opportunity to play keyboards and percussion instruments and to sing. They will work individually, in pairs and in teams.

How is the subject assessed?

Assessment of performing, composing and listening skills will take place each term during lessons. Students are encouraged to practise in the Music rooms at lunchtime to develop their skills and to prepare for their assessments.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 2

Types of homework activity: practising performing pieces on keyboard and singing songs being learnt in class, listening to music, extending composing tasks started in class, researching and presenting information about a topic e.g. instruments of the orchestra.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: 

Baseline (students will be assessed in a range of activities including fitness, football, netball and badminton) to gain an initial understanding of their ability. This will be followed by either Netball or Football.

Spring Term: 

Football or Netball depending on activity done in Autumn Term, followed by Badminton

Summer Term: 

Athletics and Rounders

What skills are developed in the subject?

Practical skills are developed in each of the activities (i.e. badminton, football, netball), as well as leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Students also improve their skills in decision making and learn how to follow and accept rules. In addition to this, students learn how to evaluate their own performances and identify how they can make improvements.

How is the subject assessed?

Students are assessed practically throughout the year, at the end of each practical activity, and will receive a level for their performance. This contributes 60% towards their final level. Students are also given a theory level which is based on the levels awarded for written homework tasks and an end of year written exam.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): Students will be set a piece of homework once a week which should take them about 30mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: Recording verbal feedback, writing evaluations of their performances, researching and completing multiple choice questions, learning spellings and definitions of key terms and keeping an activity diary.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 3

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  • Ways of Seeing - Introduction to RS: we look at the importance of seeing things from our own perspective whilst appreciating the views of others; there is not always one perspective on how we see the world.
  • Ultimate Questions - God & Creation - We explore ideas such as: key questions of meaning and purpose; the existence of God; did God create the world? We will investigate scientific and religious responses.
  • Advent and the Christian Festival of Christmas - A unit of work exploring faith in action looking at Christingles, Children's Society; Operation Christmas Child (Shoebox campaign) and the effect religion has on an individual's actions. Christmas celebrations around the world are researched and Christmas decorations are made to compliment the traditions.   Time permitting: the stories of Matthew and Luke are discussed with reference to historical time, symbolism and author intention.  During this time, we also aim to have a visit from the Kingston Christian youth worker.

Spring Term:

  • Introduction to Islam explored through work on the Mosque and the Qur'an. This culminates in the model-mosque competition.
  • Important Belongings "My Special Item" is explored to help students understand the importance of holy books or other religious items in peoples' lives. Students are invited to write about their own special item to develop empathy and understanding.
  • Introduction to the Bible. Having looked at the Qur'an, we spend some time looking at the contents and structure of the Bible. We develop Bible referencing skills through quizzes, competitions and a treasure hunt around the schools.

Summer Term: 

  • Introduction to Sikhism with particular reference to the Guru Granth Sahib and the Gurdwara.
  • Important Influences "My Hero/Heroine" is explored to help students understand the significance of important people within religions and religious people's lives. Students are invited to write about their own important person to develop empathy and understanding.
  • Faith In Action  Having learnt about the significance of equality in Sikhism, students organise and take part in their own mock-Langar meal. This reinforces learning and develops empathy and understanding.
  • Students visit a place of worship during this term.
What skills are developed in the subject?

Skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation.

How is the subject assessed?

Throughout the year students will be regularly assessed on skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation. This will require revision of key words, key concepts and the on-going development and expression of personal opinion. We will do this through end of unit assessments, continual writing project assessments, skills questions


It would be beneficial for students to keep abreast of current affairs in the news and discuss such things with friends and family where possible.

Homework

1 Hour per fortnight

Types of homework activity: Research tasks, writing pieces, question tasks, consolidation tasks, skills questions, questionnaires, project pieces, newspaper article tasks

Faculty: Sciences

Faculty Leader: Ms Eleanor Parker

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 6

Topics Covered

Space (Physics)
Students study: the place of the Earth within the Solar System and the Universe as a whole; the properties of stars and the behaviours of the planets held in orbit around them by gravity forces; the structure of the Universe and the technology used to gather evidence about it.

Living Systems (BIOLOGY)
Students study: the cell is the unit of living organisms; there are similarities and differences between plant cells, animal cells and unicellular organisms; the function of the human skeleton and how movement is brought about via joints and muscles.

The particulate nature of matter (CHEMISTRY)
The essential points to cover are: the particle diagram for the three states of matter, the names
of the processes to change state. This then moves on to mixtures and how they differ from pure chemicals and the separation techniques that can be used to change mixtures into pure substances.

Forces and Motion (PHYSICS)
Students study the motion of objects and how this can be represented graphically. They
then analyse a range of forces acting on objects, including the concept of pairs of forces, contact forces and non-contact forces. They then go on to measure frictional forces and the behaviour of materials when forces act on them.

Diet and Health (BIOLOGY)
Students study the content of a healthy diet, how food is digested and the effects of recreational drugs.

Acids and Alkalis (CHEMISTRY)
Students study the pH scale, the strength of acidity and alkalinity and the names of some everyday acids and alkalis. Strong acids and alkalis are very corrosive and students will learn how these substances are dealt with in the laboratory as well as the associated hazard symbols and the risks involved in using these substances. Students will study neutralisation reactions of both strong and weak acids, developing their skills in both word and symbol equations. These reactions will be put into the context of neutralisation reactions and their importance to the environment and health.

Energy (Physics)
Students study a wide range of energy transfers and energy resources with a particular focus on heating and cooling. They explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy resources, evaluating their suitability for production of electricity. Students then investigate the various methods of heating and cooling, finding ways to control energy transfer. Finally students look at the calculations involved with energy transfer including work done, power and the costs of domestic electricity.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Level 3 - Students recall key words and their scientific use, and describe similarities, differences and changes in the phenomena they observe. They use simple scientific ideas with evidence to link cause and effect. They recognise and explain the purpose of a variety of scientific developments in their everyday lives.

Level 4 - Students describe some phenomena related to the topic being studied, drawing on scientific knowledge and understanding, using appropriate terminology. They recognise that evidence can support or refute scientific ideas. They recognise some applications and implications of science.

Level 5 - Students describe processes and phenomena related to the topic being studied, drawing on more abstract ideas and using appropriate scientific terminology. They explain processes and phenomena in more than one step or using a model. They recognise the roles of evidence and creative thinking in the development of scientific ideas, and describe applications and implications of science.

Level 6 - Students describe processes and phenomena related to the topic being studied, using abstract ideas and appropriate terminology. They take account of a number of factors in their explanations, and use abstract ideas or models to support an argument. They apply and use knowledge and understanding in different or unfamiliar contexts. They explain the importance of some applications and implications of science.

How is the subject assessed?

By a combination of regular book marking, deep marking tasks, practical assessment, regular homework monitoring and end of topic tests. Students also complete an end of year test which tests them on everything they will have studied throughout the academic year. 

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation)

Types of homework activity: These vary between weekly homework tasks which may include research in preparation for the next lesson, questions to review learning in lesson, or a longer term homework project.

In Year 7 students study either Spanish or French according to their tutor group.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Greetings, Classroom language, Numbers, Age and birthdays and Alphabet
Spring Term: Countries, Talking about your nationality and where you live, Talking about your family and pets, Describing people.  
Summer Term: School subjects and expressing opinions about them, Telling the time, Describing school, Transport to and from school and food and drink eaten at school

What skills are developed in the subject?

Students are introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish .  This is achieved in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  All new vocabulary and grammar is recorded in the front of an exercise book, and completed listening, reading and homework tasks.recorded in the back.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There are a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There is an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight : 1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching Spanish speaking countries and Spanish speakers.